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Nintex Newbie

Nintex mobile and firewall

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How do you setup Nintex Mobile to work externally when your internet connection  goes through a firewall. We have published our intranet out to the internet but when we go to that page our firewall prompts us for our username and password. By entering the credentials into the Nintex Mobile application does this pass the details onto the firewall security as well? I have tried searching community site for setup / security details but haven't had any luck.

Any assistance greatly appreciated.

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Using Mobile, you will want to have users log into the site directly. So if a user is remote, and they try to access the url, if they are prompted by the Firewall before IIS/sharepoint, then this will be an issue. Maybe a proxy will be required in that scenario if it is in a DMZ, or allow the firewall to pass the user to the server.

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Stephen, do you know if you have enabled Nintex Live?  If you have, you may be able to authenticate using Microsoft federation.  Easy to test:

  • Have a Microsoft account (outlook.com/live.com/Hotmail) you can use
  • Inside your intranet, click on your name | Nintex mobile apps | Register with Nintex live
  • Enter your Microsoft account details
  • Hopefully it says you registered correctly
  • Then try logging in on Nintex mobile using the Microsoft option

HTH

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Thanks Chris, that did work. But to allow our employees to do this we don't really want to have to set them up with Microsoft accounts as well. Is there any information about setting this up without a VPN but allowing access via a firewall?

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Nintex Mobile currently supports the following methods for communicating to the corporate SharePoint farm, using corporate credentials.

  1. Direct connectivity (if the SP farm is available through the Internet)
  2. Exposing the Ports 80/443 through your firewall, with a rule that is specific to a url
    1. http://[sharepointurl]/_vti_bin/NintexFormsServices/NfMobileAppService.svc
    2. This would mean the rest of the farm is safe behind the firewall
  3. Configuring proxy software allow these connections, but in this case, the proxy server will also need to be configured to pass through authentication.
  4. VPN
    1. In this case, the mobile device would need to be configured to connect to a VPN.  Then, the Nintex Mobile app will be able to authenticate and talk to the SP environment.

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Stephen, Dan provides some great information on the authentication. Were you able to resolve your problems?

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Hi @stephen,

Is your firewall configured to do Form Based Authentication?

It yes, we unfortunately dont support it yet. However you could use Dan's suggestion.

Cheers,

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Hi there, I have a few more questions on accessing live forms. When I publish a form to live, the link it gives me directs me to a sign on screen with only personal account login options. Where's the office 365 link in this list of options?

Is there a setting on our side were we have to specify that this is for business use as well to make the office 365 option appear?

The mobile app gives us the 365 option, just not seeing it when accessing via desktop.

Thank you

Kassie

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Forms Auth is now supported as of

Android: 4.2.1

iOS: 4.2.3

Windows: 4.2

Windows Phone: 4.2

 

Release Date: 27th July 2016

Feature (Windows & Windows Phone)

    • Introduction of user profile with multiple account sign in
    • Introduction of user PIN
    • Added support for Forms Based Authentication (FBA)
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Good question Kassie, but the Live forms will be for a different use per say. Wouldn't you want your internal users to access the form directly? The Live forms gives non employee auth access to forms published outside your network, and also Anonymous options.

But you could potentially use Live to authenticate to Nintex Mobile via a Microsoft account

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